On the health front -- we met with Jacob's GI physician in late November and were able to talk with him about some of our concerns with his daily (mostly early AM) vomiting and minimal weight gain. His vomiting is caused by the pressure of his enlarged liver and spleen that squish the stomach, which sometimes causes him to throw up. He doesn't seem to bothered by it, but we need to keep an eye on it so he does not lose weight. If he begins to fall below the normal weight range for his age, we will need to consider a gastrostomy tube (G-tube) for feeding. Jacob's GI physician took the time to show us an actual G-tube and walk us through what the procedure and maintenance would require. He also ordered an upper GI test so that we could see if there were any blockages or abnormalities. We also have a swallow study scheduled for this coming Friday, which will help evaluate his abilities for swallowing food and establish a baseline for future comparison.
Post GI visit and upper GI test - minus the nasty barium that Jake had to drink for the test, we're happy to report that his upper GI revealed completely normal function. Good news! For now, we have replaced all formula bottles with Pediasure (a.k.a. "Jake's vanilla milkshakes"). It's pretty costly, but we are very lucky to have a friend who works for the company that manufactures Pediasure and she orders it for us for half the price. Thanks Tara! Jacob's vomiting has seemed to subside substantially over the past several weeks or so and at his 15-month appointment Jake had gained a full pound in a month! Great news!!
1st Haircut- Bye, bye baby mullet!! Josh was finally able to come to grips with the fact that mullets are NOT a good look on a one-year old (or anyone for that matter). Auntie Hope came to the rescue and gave our handsome little guy his very first haircut.
|Jake checking out his new hairdo|
|Testing out his new ride|
|Pre-baptism pose with Momma and Daddy|
|Jake's Godparents: Uncle Joe and Auntie Jenee|